Farm Blog

Big Show Corn Cam planting day!

Posted May 17, 2022


Beautiful day for planting corn. Thanks to Channel Seed and Big Show Radio for the 11th annual corn cam plot held at the DMACC Dallas County Farm.

WHO Big Show

Posted May 6, 2022


Thanks to Bob Quinn of WHO Big Show for visiting with students on the corn cam planting day.

Site Visits

Posted April 15, 2022

Site VisitsIts that time of year in the program...Faculty are conducting site visits with Agribusiness students on internship. Had a nice visit with Grant today at Heartland coop while they were loading semis. Way to go Grant!

Three New Litters of Pigs at the DMACC Dallas County Farm

Posted March 30, 2022


The DMACC Dallas County Farm​ has farrowed three litters of pigs so far this spring with the help of student labor. Dallas County Farm Lab Coordinator Jacob Githens said they will have a few more litters to go this spring and then will resume farrowing again during the summer agribusiness classes. The bulk of these pigs will be used in classes and then raised and sold into the meat market. These piglets will be ready for market in September (Beef and ​Pork Sales).

Calving just started at the farm. Students will be working with a total of 55 head to calve out this spring. Githens said they currently have 35 head of feedlot cattle quickly approaching their target market weight and ready for meat sales.  

Wyffels Hybrids visits DMACC Agronomy Classes

Posted January 27, 2022

Thanks to Doug Pooch, DSM for Wyffels Hybrids, for coming to speak about the corn industry to several agronomy classes.​​​​​​​Man standing in front of class pointing to a scren with a PowerPoint slide on it

Ziegler Cat Visits Ag Classes

Posted January 24, 2022

Thanks to Jeremiah Behrens of Ziegler Cat​ for visiting ag classes to talk with students about his career path, working as an ag salesperson,  and giving students real life experience as to what a sales call looks like.​​

Man at front of classroom showing PowerPoint

Calculating Corn Yields

Posted October 21, 2021

​Students estimate and calculate corn yields ahead of the combine today in farm labs. Brisk! 


Another Successful Year

Posted October 21, 2021

​Thanks to Champion Seed, RC Casteel of Redfield Feed and Supply, and WHO for yet another successful Corn Cam growing season. The corn yielded well above 200 bushels per acre and if you look closely, you can see the rye cover crop growing between the freshly harvested rows of corn. 





Posted October 8, 2021

​Making sure combine is set correctly for soybean harvest. We used the Go Harvest app from John Deere to make sure equipment settings are proper on both the inside and outside adjustments on the combine​.


Real World Experience!

Posted October 8, 2021

​Calculating post harvest losses in the freshly harvested soybean fields and making calculations to ensure combine harvesting  settings are proper....Real world, hands- on experience!



Ahead of Harvest

Posted October 8, 2021

​Students inspecting axles,wheel bearings, and greasing grain handling equipment ahead of harvest at the Dallas County Farm. Preventative maintenance was the topic of discussion this week in labs. 


Thank You to Iowa Learning Farms

Posted September 28, 2021

​Special thank you to Liz Ripley of Iowa Learning Farms for talking with first year Agribusiness students about bioreactors, saturated buffers, and other edge of field conservation practices and programs. 




Thank You to IDALS

Posted September 28, 2021

​A big thanks to Shane Wulf of IDALS for speaking with Dmacc Agribusiness classes today at the Dmacc Dallas County Farm regarding edge of field practices,  wetlands, and other conservation programs as part of Iowa's nutrient reduction strategy. 


​Silage Cover

Posted September 17, 2021

Students help unroll the plastic cover for the corn silage pit.


Class is in Session!

Posted September 13, 2021

​Agronomy students experience hands on learning and get the chance to grow their own corn and soybean plots! We will be keeping records, making our own field plantings maps, and tracking growth stages and progress this fall!


Carriage House Preservation Project

Posted July 30, 2021

​The Carriage house preservation project is coming along very nicely at the DMACC Dallas Co Farm ! Looking Great! New cedar shingles and tuck point.






Summer Crop Scouting Class

Posted June 22, 2021

Students in the summer crop scouting class are out monitoring the growth and progression of the corn crop

The 2021 corn crop is here!

Posted May 21, 2021

The 2021 corn crop has popped out of the ground.

Big Show Corn Cam looking good at the DMACC Farm! Finally experiencing enough moisture and heat unit accumulation to pop the 2021 corn crop out of the ground! ​

DMACC Student Mia Gibson Elected as Iowa FFA State President

Posted May 6, 2021


On Tuesday, April 20th, Des Moines Area Community College student Mia Gibson was elected to serve as the 2021 - 2022 Iowa FFA State President. Gibson grew up on a beef farm in Northeast Iowa where they focus on raising high-quality carcass animals. This is where her passion for agriculture and love for the beef industry began. Gibson joined the North Fayette Valley FFA Chapter in 7th grade after watching her older brother become a member. She quickly got involved in the chapter but at that time she didn’t realize how much this organization would impact her and shape her into the person she is today. “I’m extremely honored to serve as the 2021-2022 Iowa FFA State President. After attending my first state convention in 7th grade I knew that one day I wanted to be on that stage but I never thought I would accomplish this. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my parents, family, friends, advisors, and the whole North Fayette Valley FFA chapter and school. Thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way!” Gibson said. ​

This past year Mia Gibson served as the 2020 - 2021 Iowa FFA State Secretary and was a Freshman Agribusiness student. She found herself very busy, joining learning more about the agriculture industry, and interacting with Iowa FFA members throughout the state. “This next year I can’t wait to continue to serve the over 16,345 Iowa FFA members. Every day I will strive to help members find their full potential in the organization, learn the importance of agriculture, and that they can achieve anything they set their minds to!” Gibson said.​

Trent Eilander elected FFA South Central Iowa VP

Posted May 6, 2021

Trenton Eilander was born and raised in Newton and is the fifth generation of Eilanders in south central Iowa. He has a younger sister, Kylie, who is a sophomore in high school, and a younger brother, Isaiah, who is deceased. Trent is forever blessed as a Cardinal, having graduated with the NHS Class of 2020. He is a recipient of the Mark Pearson Scholarship and is on the Dean’s List at Des Moines Area Community College in the Agricultural Business program. Trent is a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Newton Church of the Way, the Jasper County Farm Bureau, Key Co-operative, and Newton Lodge 59 and of course FFA. His jobs currently include working on farms, lawn care for residential and rural customers, maintenance at Westwood Golf Course, caring for local cemeteries, working at HyVee, and enjoying his internship at Key Co-op in Newton. Trent can be found happiest scooping the loop in his 1996 Ford Centurion diesel, bidding at auctions, attending church, tractor rides, and mowing lawns. His top goals include leaving the Iowa FFA better than he found it, pursuing the American FFA degree, and eventually owning his own farming operation.​​

Celebrating 10 years of corn cam!

Posted May 4, 2021

​Thanks to the Big Show and 2021 sponsor Champion seed as the DMACC Farm and The Big Show enter the 10th growing season of the Corn Cam! Time flies when you are having fun!  

Celebrating 10 years of corn cam.

2021 Iowa FFA Leadership Conference

Posted April 22, 2021

​Thanks to all the FFA members who stopped by the booth today.


Ag Intern of the Week

Posted April 20, 2021

Grant Kenke- ag intern of the week

U.S. Representative Cindy Axne Visits DMACC Farm

Posted April 16, 2021

DMACC staff and students showed Representative Axne the hands-on experience they got while studying animal science and agronomy at the DMACC Farm. 

For more information, view The Perry News article.

Representative Cindy Axne recently visited our farm.